Devils Marbleyard Out and Back
ElevationAscent: 778' 237 m
Descent: -778' -237 m
High: 1,818' 554 m
Low: 1,041' 317 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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“Enjoy this short route leading to a unique view into Virginia's ancient past.”— Roanoke Outside
Family Friendly Though this trail can be steep in places, this is a great place to let imaginations fly, and can also be a great informational hike.
Where did this all come from, you ask? The answer is found in geology. The Antietam Quartzite found at Devil's Marbleyard (Arnold's Valley) is the result of a rise in sea level relative to the land (transgression), over 500 millions years ago, followed by a time were the area was dominated by a pure quartz beach. The blocks and boulders at the Marbleyard have tube-like structures running parallel to one another. Likely, these are the fossilized remains of cavities where a worm-like creature lived.
If you're up for more, continue to follow the Belfast Trail as it continues heading northeast and up for another mile.
Local Club: Roanoke Outside
Land Manager: USFS - George Washington & Jefferson National Forests